Cattle Breeding Farm and Dangi Cow Research Station, Igatpuri

CATTLE BREEDING FARM AND DANGI COW RESEARCH STATION, IGATPURI, DIST- NASHIK,
 
 The Cattle Breeding Farm and Dangi Cow Research Station, Igatpuri was established during year 1946 and was a government undertaking Non- plan scheme. The main objective was to maintain and bred pure Dangi bull suitable for higher rainfall and hilly tract. This scheme was focused for benefit of tribal farmers as this is only breed which could sustain in the adverse climatic conditions and drought prone western Ghat Zone of Maharashtra State. .  During  year 1979 the farm was handed over to the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri. During the year 1984-85 National Agriculture Research Project (NARP) was established by MPKV at Igatpuri and this scheme was merged under the umbrella of NARP including few other schemes like ARS.
          Presently, this farm is merged in MAFSU,Nagpurafter its establishment.
Farm Land (Area in hector)
Sr. No.
Institute
Building Area
Farm Area Under
Total farm Land
Cultivation
Uncultivated Grazing
1
CBF, Igatpuri
1.5 hector
22  hector
24.85 hector
48.35 hector
2
Kaltembhi Grazing yard
—-
—-
40 hector
40 hector
Total –
88.35
AWARDS & PRIZES:-
1.     Many awards and prizes are own on behalf of the Cattle Breeding Farm and Dangi Cow Research Station, Igatpuri by the Dangi Cattle for their performances at local level as well as upto the national levels in various competitions, shows and exhibitions. Every year Dangi Cattle of Cattle Breeding Farm and Dangi Cow Research Station, Igatpuri represent the competition held at local Ghoti gram palika and most of the times we have own to our credit the first prize for our cattle thus creating a very good impulse amongst the local farmers about this animals.
e. g. Ragini (46) – Stood first in milk production at state level.
       Layla (37) – Stood Second in milk production at state level.
        Sarojini (140) – Stood Third in milk production at state level.
        Sardar Bull – Stood First at national level in Cattle show held at Bombay.
  1. 2.     Livestock participation certificate – in Expo-vet ‘2003’ the livestock and poultry show held at Nagpur. 1st Prise for Dangi Breed.               
 
CHARECATERISTICS OF DANGI CATTLE –
 Dangi animals are found in Ahmadanagar, Nashik districts ofMaharashtra and Dangs district of Gujarat. It is a hilly tract with heavy rainfall and very poor agricultural economy. The breed has become well known on account of its hardy nature and its ability to work hard under heavy rainfall conditions.  
          The Dangi’s are primarily medium-slow draft animals. They are well known for their excellent working qualities in heavy rain and in rice fields and also on the hilly racks. They are hardy animals and subsist mostly on grazing alone.
          The Dangi’s are of broken red and white or black and white colour. According to coat colour there are six different strains of the Dangi animals. These strains are known by local names. “Para” means complete white colour with few black spots. The male of this type is more valuable. “Bahala” combination of white and black, when white is more then it is “Pandhara Bahala” and “Kala Bahala” when black colour is more. “Maneri” means complete black with few white spots. The animals of the entire above coat colour are found in Ahmadanagar and Nashik district and Dangs district. “Lal” more red colour with few white spots “Lal Bhahala” combination of red and white red coat colour animals are found mostly in Dangs and Nashik district. The animals are medium in size, with deep bodies and generally of ponderous builts.
            The head is usually small with a slightly protruding forehead. The muzzle is large. The horns, though of variable size, are generally short and thick. The ears are small. The animals have powerful hind and forequarters with a short back well coupled and the legs are short and stout. The hooves are exceptionally hardy, being black and flint-like. The dewlap is slightly pendulous. The sheath, though loos, is not excessively pendulous. The hump is medium sized and firm. The skin is of medium thickness and the coat is shiny. It is observed to exude an oily secretion, which protects it from heavy rain.

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